Kendra Baldridge, LMSW
Section Chief for Special Population Health
Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Kendra Baldridge began her career at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in 2007. She has served as the Section Chief for Special Population Health since 2015. This position includes her roles as Program Director of the Kansas Statewide Farmworker Health Program (KSFHP) and the State Refugee Health Coordinator. Her previous positions at KSFHP included the Eastern Region and lead case managers. After the Refugee Preventive Health Program was transferred to a private agency in 2016, she became the state Office for Minority Health representative for Kansas and currently serves in this capacity on the Heartland Regional Health Equity Council.

Ms. Baldridge received a BA in sociology and an MSW from the University of Kansas. She completed the Kansas Core Public Health Program, Kansas Public Health Leadership Institute, and Kansas Local Public Health Leadership Series. She received the Jane Addams Award from the Kansas Public Health Association in 2016. This award recognizes social workers who exemplify the qualities of Jane Addams, including an individual with a pioneering spirit, a leader who is a trailblazer, and an individual who strives to improve the health of the poor and the sanitary conditions of communities.

Ms. Baldridge worked in El Salvador for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer and is fluent in Spanish. She closely collaborated with health promoters on various community projects. She held several positions after returning to the United States, including an English as a second language teacher at Della Lamb; various positions at El Centro, Inc. in Kansas City; and a case manager at Centro Hispano Resource Center. She resides in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband and two children.